"We will maintain St. Joseph as the headquarter for our U.S. business," said President and CEO Albrecht Kissel.
To prove that, the company held a celebration and tour on Wednesday of their new 261,000 square foot distribution warehouse. The company, based in Ingelheim, Germany is using the facility as their main distribution hub in America.
"You have to be a strong and growing participant in the U.S. market," said George Heidgerken, Global Head of Animal Health.
"This is so overwhelming," said Pat Jones, a St. Joseph City Council member.
City leaders toured the facility and say the company's economic impact is big for St. Joe.
"They could have easily went up [Interstate] 35 and built in Iowa so, yes, we are very thankful," Jones said.
The warehouse is the size of about four football fields. The company packages and distributes animal vaccines and pharmaceuticals to more than 50 countries.
"There's no major market in the world that we're not supplying to," Jones said.
The facility also features solar panels and green technology.
"It's part of our values and the culture of our company to continue to consider not just human health, but the planet and being green," Heidgerken said.
Boehringer Ingelheim says the new warehouse also allows for future expansion of biological manufacturing with 100,000 more square feet to work with.
That in turn could mean more jobs.
"Good paying jobs. Benefits. We need all of these that we can get," said Jones.
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